Saturday, April 29, 2017

Brit Sweep: April 29, 2017...


Let's head across the Atlantic yet again to check out the notable singles and albums making the charts in the UK this week...

On the official singles chart in Britain, neo-house act Clean Bandit claim their third #1 hit with "Symphony" featuring Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson. It's Zara's first time at the top in this country...

Canadian teen-pop singer Shawn Mendes rockets on to the chart at #7 with "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back". It will be added to the "expanded" version of his current Illuminate album. It's his fourth time in the top ten - he topped the chart with the lead single from Illuminate, "Treat You Better"...


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Hard rock act Paramore goes a bit dance-pop with their new release "Hard Times", which arrives at #34. It's their lucky seventh top-40 hit in the UK; their best showing so far is "Ignorance" which peaked at #14 in 2009...


Lana Del Rey pairs up with The Weeknd at #38. It follows "Love", the lead track from her upcoming Lust For Life album, which stopped at #41...


New Jersey native Charlie Puth is back with new offering of "Attention" at #50. He's gone to #1 in the UK with "Marvin Gaye" and his collab with Wiz Khalifa, "See You Again"...


The fourth single from Dua Lipa's upcoming debut album, "Lost In Your Night" featuring Latin soul artist Miguel, moves in at #86. The first, "Be The One", reached #9...


The Record Store Day vinyl release of the late David Bowie's "No Plan" track from his Lazarus album causes it to slip on to the chart at #92...


American indie-pop band Lord Huron's "The Night We Met", from their 2015 album Strange Trails, walks on to the cart at #98. It's gotten major buzz from its inclusion on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why...


Meanwhile, on the albums chart in the UK, it was a close horse race for #1, but Ed Sheeran's Divide pulls it off and takes an eighth week at #1...

For me, it was disappointing, but I'm still proud of British pop royalty Steps whose comeback album Tears On The Dancefloor debuts at a very respectable #2. The lead single "Scared Of The Dark" leaps to a new high of #10 on the sales-only singles chart. Back in 1999 they went to #1 with their second album Steptacular...


Irish indie-pop singer/songwriter Imelda May comes in at #5 with her stellar new album Life Love Flesh Blood. It's her third top ten album in this country; her last, Black Tears, reached #3. All four of her major-label efforts have topped the albums charts in her native Ireland...


Alternative pop/rock vets Texas, from Scotland, return at #6 with their ninth studio album Jump On Board. They had three #1 releases in a row from 1997 to 2000 ending with their Greatest Hits set...


Sheffield-based metalcore rockers While She Sleeps roll in at #8 with You Are We, their third studio set. It's their first to get to the top ten...


Maximo Park, an indie-rock act from Newcastle-upon Tyne, are back at #11 with their sixth effort Risk To Exist. They went to #2 back in 2007 with their second album Our Earthly Pleasures...


The Kinks' frontman Ray Davies enters at #15 with his new album Americana. His last solo set, See My Friends, peaked at #12 in 2010...


Another Record Store Day release, David Bowie's Cracked Actor (Live In Los Angeles '74), comes in at #20. 1974 was the year his David Live album went to #2 in the UK...


Barry Manilow, who recently made news by coming out of the closet publicly, shows up at #26 with his This Is My Town - Songs Of New York album. It's his 24th release here to make the top-40 - in 1982 his Live In Britain album topped the chart...


Proving the popularity of country music in England right now, Brad Paisley moves on to the chart at #33 with Love and War. It's his second to reach the top-40; Moonshine In The Trunk climbed to #34 in 2014...


Neo-metal band Incubus take their 8 album to #35. Their 2004 release A Crow Left Of The Murder... reached #6...


At #38 is another David Bowie Record Store Day exclusive, Bowpromo, from 1971...



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